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Big kingfish and snapper come to town
  |  First Published: December 2011



The Lee breakwall has fired up for summer with a large run of snapper flowing through the bay.

Land-based anglers have weighed in more than 30 snapper during the past month between 2-10kg. Brendon Phillips weighed in a snapper of 6.5kg along with Jeffrie Klalasebski who weighed two snapper one at 9.1kg and the other at 2.9kg, Rod Eccleston of Port Fairy whose snapper weighed in at 2.2kg, Eddie Lee of Murchison weighed in two snapper at 3.6kg and 3.5kg winning the battle while fishing with his mate Gary Hopes of Mt Gambier who landed a snapper of 3.1kg. This is just to name a few of the happy anglers fishing this great platform.

As well as large snapper coming in off the Lee, other common catches include Kallym McLean of Horsham with a decent 12kg gummy shark, pinkies, calamari squid, King George whiting, flathead, and ‘couta. With the influx of out of town anglers using this unique fishing platform please remember to place all your rubbish in the provided bins as this will ensure that we are all able to continue to fish from this area without the threat of it being closed to public access due to a lack of respect.

Other areas around the harbour have been producing good catches of sweep, silver trevally, garfish, mullet, whiting, pinkies and calamari squid. Fishing in the canal, catches of mullet, trevally and black bream have been keeping anglers busy.

For the boaties out the back between Lawrence Rock and Cape Bridgewater lighthouse it has produced good catches of flathead, snapper, blue morwong, coral perch, gurnard, gummy shark and school sharks, while fishing in depths between 40-100m of water; as the season progresses keep a look out for the the great fighting mako shark.

Around the Lawrence Rock area good catches of snook and lithe have been bagged as well as salmon, whiting, snapper, gummy and school shark.

Over along the north shore yellowtail kingfish should start to make their presence felt over at Minerva Reef, with the depth of water varying between 3-13m. It doesn’t give these mighty power horses a lot of depth as they will take you down through the reef making the battle even more exciting with the reel peeling and screaming line off at a great speed. Many battles are won and lost so make sure all your gear is in top condition to give yourself the best chance of landing one of these mighty fighting fish.

Kingfish can average between 3-11kg, with heavier fish also lurking about. Along with prized kingfish there is also whiting, snapper, gummy shark, school shark, trevally, calamari squid and the odd mulloway being caught.

For those freshwater fishing the Surrey and Fitzroy have been producing good catches of bream and mullet, while for those travelling inland there is plenty on offer with brown and rainbow trout, redfin and bucket loads of yabbies in the freshwater lakes.

If your heading down Portland way give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213 for all your latest fishing and weather reoprts, we are open 7 days a week from 7 till 7. And don’t forget to mark in your calendar for January 14th and 15th for our annual fishing competition.

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